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Facebook suspends Trump’s account for at least two weeks

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook has suspended President Donald Trump’s official account for at least two weeks.

According to a post by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the suspension will be lifted if there is a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden, who is scheduled to take office Jan. 20.

Zuckerberg initially suspended Trump for 24 hours, announced Wednesday after hundreds of the president’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol to stop the certification of Biden’s 306 electoral votes. Four people were killed in the melee including a California woman who was shot by Capitol Police as she attempted to enter a secure area of the building.

“We are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Zuckerberg’s network is no stranger to censoring the president. Facebook has routinely challenged his claims that he defeated Joe Biden in the 2020 election. This time, Zuckerberg said, Facebook has taken issue with Trump posts “because we judged that their effect – and likely their intent – would be to provoke further violence.”

Twitter, on Wednesday, blocked Trump’s account for 12 hours.

The president addressed situation Wednesday night, telling those who stormed the Capitol he loved them.

Featured image: n.bhupinder Facebook via photopin (license)

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